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Re: API Rate Limits and HTTP Code [#255]

From: Adrien de Croy <adrien@qbik.com>
Date: Wed, 06 Apr 2011 09:35:27 +1200
Message-ID: <4D9B8B1F.8010807@qbik.com>
To: Karl Dubost <karld@opera.com>
CC: Mark Nottingham <mnot@mnot.net>, HTTP Working Group <ietf-http-wg@w3.org>, Bryce Nesbitt <bnesbitt@bepress.com>

Why not just say something like

"The server is currently unable or unwilling to handle the request."

Then give some explanatory text such as:

"The server may be prepared to handle the request if resubmitted after a 
delay.  This is intended to be used for conditions including:

* temporary overloading
* server maintenance
* client rate limiting
* any case where service is temporarily unavailable.

the point I'm trying to make is if we define too narrowly the reasons 
why the code should be used, it will just invite issues later on when 
people search for an appropriate code to use for their new application 
which we didn't think about. where really the code just means "not right 

On 6/04/2011 6:58 a.m., Karl Dubost wrote:
> Le 27 mars 2011  10:16, Mark Nottingham a crit :
>> I think it's a bit too detailed. How about just changing the first sentence to:
>> The server is currently unable or unwilling to handle the request due to a temporary overloading, maintenance of the server, or rate limiting of the client.
> fine for me.

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